Hi there, please help me with this issue. I have been checking the Web for a clear answer, but I haven't found one yet. Is verb 'to be' considered an auxiliary in 'be going to' ?
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This is the auxiliary "to be" that is used to indicate present continuous
This is the standard use of the present present participle with the auxiliary "to be".
I am writing.
You are asking.
He is commenting.
She is going.
John: Where are you going?
Ann: I am going to town to do some shopping. (present continuous)
Indicating the future
Of course "going to" can also be used as a way of telling the future. But the grammar is still the same and "to be" is still the exact same auxiliary verb.
John: Where will you be going on your day off? (future is indicated by "will")
Ann: I am going to go to town to do some clothes shopping. (future is indicated by "am going to", which is the present continuous of "to go to")